Pyramid Peak basks in the golden sunlight of early morning and reflects into Lake of the Woods as the Moon sets. Fuji X100, cropped to simulate aspect ratio of the Mamiya RZ67.
I’ve been working non-stop at capturing the images on the Rim Trail, that and research, along with the day to day of my career. As many of you know, the Moon became full on the 2nd of August and I made an attempt to capture the full moon and the sunset together. I am not expecting that much out of those shots, so I turned my attention towards the moonset and sunrise and figured out that the Moon would set behind Pyramid Peak in Desolation Wilderness on the Tahoe Rim Trail at Lake of the Woods. I set my alarm for 1:45 a.m.
I awoke suddenly and my clock said 2:30 a.m…I had overslept, I got myself together quickly and luckily, I had pre-packed and had everything in the car already. I shot up to Echo Lakes and started hiking like a madman in the dark, into Desolation Wilderness. The moon made it so I didn’t need to turn on my headlamp unless I was in thick forested areas. Now, I have never been here before, so I was not sure how long it would take, or what the location would look like. As I started to get closer, based on the trail signs, the Sun’s light began to illuminate everything, pre-sunrise, and the Moon did so as well, resulting in a fantastic quality of light. I chugged along and arrived at Lake of the Woods right before the Sun broke the mountains and spilled its golden light onto Pyramid Peak with its reflection in Lake of the Woods. I was shooting my RZ67 with a 65mm, split grads and a polarizer, firing off shots, bracketing, changing backs, I tried Fuji Velvia 50, Fuji Provia 100F and Fuji Acros, I did not want to blow this opportunity. Everything aligned perfectly. Meanwhile, I also taking snaps with my Fuji X100. I always bring it along and its focal length matches the 6×7 with 65mm nicely.
Behind me, close by, was a couple tents, and if you’ve ever shot with an RZ67, you’d know that the mirror has a distinct and loud slap. I felt bad, but with what was happening in front of me, I literally had no choice but to shoot. After the sun came up fully and the moon set, a camper came out and stood by the lake. He was a real nice guy. Jeff from Marin, he was camping with his two sons and spoke of how he used to shoot and gave it a go at the professional thing back in the day. I was stoked to hear that he was still shooting for fun, Black and White film. I apologized for being noisy and he was kind enough to invite me for breakfast. I didn’t accept because I had a long hike out of there, but his kindness fed my soul, and for that I’m thankful. This is what this project is all about.
Stay tuned for the next adventure.